Integrate decoder or exterior

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  1. Chris_j

    Chris_j Auditioning

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    What do you thinks gives the best surround and hifi sound.
    Normal hifi pre amp+amp and an additional external decoder+amp.
    Or a high value integrated pre-amp with surround capabilities.
    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. Greg Monfort

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  3. Philip Hamm

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    Conventional wisdom is that good separates sound better than a receiver. Most HT capable preamps these days come with the dts and DOlby Digital decoders built in. However, good outboard decoders sound just as good. I recently auditioned an Adcom DD decoder, and let me tell you it sounded fantastic!!! My dts dutied are handled by a Millenium 2.4.6 which is a respectable piece.
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  4. JohanK

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    For superior hi-fi (I'm taking this to mean 2 channel) and HT, I think completely separate systems are the best way to go. If this is not possible, I think the next best option is an integrated HT/2 channel system; by this I mean a quality 2 channel preamp (preferably with a passive surround processor loop) b/t the HT preamp and the power amp. Integrated A/V amps would be my last choice for quality hi-fi and surround sound.
    Just my 2 cents.
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